Albuquerque & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on cemetery grounds.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Erin Deveau, DVM
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
Erin Deveau, DVM
"The best send off possible.
Everyone at lap of love was knowledgeable, compassionate, professional, and just genuinely wonderful people. The person I spoke with to arrange the appointment was so compassionate and understanding. Dr Erin came to our house as scheduled and was absolutely wonderful. She explained the process thoroughly and answered all of our questions. She was extremely compassionate and we did not feel rushed at all. Our kitty Cleo was first given sedation so she slowly fell asleep on my wife’s lap while we said our goodbyes. Dr Erin brought clay for us to make a paw print and insured we had after care preparations. I can’t thank you guys enough! Our Cleo left peacefully and in loving arms and that means the world to us. You are truly amazing people.
Thank you so much,
Meg Hein and Aly Sanchez"
Meg HeinAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Making this decision is never easy. Drake was always nervous about car rides so we knew we wanted someone to come to our home. Drake came to our family soon after my mother passed away. He gave so much love to our grief stricken family. He was exactly what we needed. From my first call to Lap of Love with Shelley I knew I'd chosen the right people. Dr. Deveau called us when she was on her way. It was the call you dread. She came to our home greeted my father who was outside cause saying good bye was too hard for him. Drake was surrounded with his loving family by his side. She had so much compassion for our family and Drake during this time. We truly could not have asked for a better person to come to our home. Never did we feel rushed with the process. Dr. Deveau took her time with Drake and answering any questions we had. A true Angel in her services. Lap of Love gained a family who will spread the word of such a great service under the worst circumstances."
Rebecca GonzalesAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I can't thank Dr Erin enough for giving our Stanley (18 years old) the death he deserved. She came to our house & examined him on a Friday & broke the bad news about his failing heart to us. She answered our questions in a very open & honest manner. We scheduled the euthanasia for the next day. She came over & started the process in a very gentle & calm manner. We watched every step so we knew that what she was doing wasn't causing him pain or anxiety. She knew Stanley from 8 months before when she did a geriatric consult so she knew he was an anxious kitty & she worked with that, keeping him (and us) calm right up until the end. She did a paw print for us and gave us each a clipping of his fur. Our only regret is that we didn't euthanize our other cats in our home."
Ann-Marie YaroslaskiAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"It's still difficult to express the ENORMOUS gratitude in our hearts for the help Dr. Erin has given our family over these past few months. Her love, understanding, and knowledge/skill helped increase the quality of Jake's life for another 3 months. And when it came time to say goodbye to Jake and Jackson, her compassion and spirit brought some level of peace into our home. She is an outstanding vet, and has the perfect personality for this work. In addition, I would like to add the entire Laps of Love staff has been wonderful to deal with at each stage of the process."
Hilari LiptonRio Rancho, New Mexico
"Dr. Erin helped us with the passing of our cat. She was compassionate and caring, and made sure the entire process was as peaceful as possible. The home euthanasia process was a great choice for us, and allowed our cat to peacefully slip away in the comfort of her normal surroundings. Dr. Erin did a great job of explaining each step, gave us all the time we wanted, and treated the entire procedure with care and dignity."
Albuquerque, New Mexico
"We count our blessings that Dr. Erin was here to help us say goodbye to our beloved Spenser. Dr. Erin was compassionate, respectful and so understanding of how difficult a time this was for us. She explained everything she was doing for Spenser in a quiet and gentle voice, and nothing was rushed. Spenser passed away peacefully in his own home with my head next to his. Although I am still heartbroken to have lost our precious boy, I know that we did the humane thing to let him pass. Dr. Erin's reassurance that our timing was right was a huge help. We are so grateful that Lap of Love and Dr. Erin were here for us. God bless them."
Pam CronéAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572